But something tells me people won’t find them as useful as they think they’re going to.
This is an example of… err…. “are we there yet, are we there yet, are we there yet” technology. AWTY-Tech. Sorry. I can’t think of a better way of describing it.
Something that’s been predicted for what seems like an eternity, but never seems to get here. Flat-screen TVs were an example of this – it took decades for them to turn up. Some things like jet-packs, ray-guns, teleporters etc probably never will… although because they’re so warmly anticipated, any “news” that they will instantly goes to the top of the headlines.
Solar power is another one I think. It’s been heading this way for as long as I can remember – in fact see the little black dots on the rooves of these houses
Those are solar water-heaters. I used to live in one of those houses in the early 70s, and we had the same solar water heaters then.
So. Anyway. Pico Projectors… problem #1 : they don’t create very big displays… so you probably aren’t going to watch movies on them. problem #2 : they still kindof need screens to project onto… which are even more hassle to carry around than a laptop.
Then again, if they’re hackable (and it looks like they are) then anything could happen – such is the genius of hackability… and I still get the feeling that they will become as standard on cellphones as cameras now are.